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Characters: Gilmore Girls
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    The Gilmores 

Lorelai Victoria Gilmore (Lauren Graham)

A single mother, avid eater and caffeine addict, and manager of the Independence Inn in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. At the age of 16, her entire life was changed when she became pregnant and ran away from the home of her controlling parents to make a life of her own.

  • Aesop Amnesia: Lorelai has a tendency to go back to Christopher at the most inappropriate times. Rory calls her out on it, but she doesn't learn.
  • Big Eater: It's implied Lorelai eats a lot, and yet remains extremely slender. Other characters comment on this near constantly.
  • Black Sheep: Of the Gilmore family; getting pregnant young and running away from home will do that.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite her eccentricities, she does a good job running first the Independence Inn and later The Dragonfly Inn
  • Cloudcuckoolander: A mild case compared to her neighbors, many find her to be eccentric.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Rory, despite being actually her mother, not her sister. They are extremely close. At one point, Lorelai regrets she haven't taught her how to drink and handle alcohol when Rory is going for her first spring break at college. She is also this towards Lane, who feels more comfortable confiding in Lorelai than her actual mother.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's very quick witted, and easily the snarkiest character on the show, even more than Luke.
  • Doting Parent: Definitely. She thinks her daughter is a paragon of perfection.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Umlauts", which involved Lorelai as a teen, a particularly cold summer day when she fell out of a canoe at summer camp wearing a t-shirt with no bra; the nickname comes from how a certain part of her body resembled said diacritic after coming out of the water.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Lorelai is a career woman and sure as hell can't cook, but she can at least brew up coffee and she's a damn impressive seamstress. She's paired with Luke, a bistro owner who is an excellent cook, and her close friend Sookie is a master chef who occasionally cooks her something.
  • The Gadfly: It's her main coping mechanism when it comes to her parents. In season 3 she even admits this to her mother, and "teaches" her the trick so she could cope with Trix, her mother in law. As Lorelai later tells Rory, Emily has done it beautifully.
  • Genki Girl: Lorelai's perhaps one of the most chipper characters on the show.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Rory and Sookie. Rory is her daughter, her only close family for a really long time when she was not on good terms with her parents. Sookie is her best friend with whom she starts a business.
  • Mama Bear: Lorelai's laid back for the greater part of the time, but if you hurt Rory...
  • Rebellious Princess: Lorelai became pregnant with Rory at sixteen but chose not to marry the father, Christopher Hayden. Instead, she left her privileged world and moved to Stars Hollow where she became employed at the Independence Inn. There Lorelai progressed from maid to executive manager.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: To Rory's Blue. She's a humorous and talkative Genki Girl, while Rory is studious and shy.
  • Self Made Woman: Even though she comes from money she ran away from home as an unwed mother, got her first job basically because the inn's owner took pity on her, lived in a tool shed and less than twenty years later owned her own house and was part owner of her own inn.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Luke, even when they weren't a couple. He's usually the Grumpy Bear Only Sane Man, and she's quirky and talkative.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Played with. She gets drawn back to Christopher each time because she thinks he gets his act together.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Got pregnant at 16 with Rory.
  • The Unfavorite: To both Emily and Richard, but especially Richard. She feels they prefer her daughter Rory over her. However, they prove multiple times that they do love her as well.
    Lorelai (to Rory): You are the Great White Hope of the Gilmore Clan. You are their angel, sent from up above. You are the daughter they didn't have.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Luke. Eventually They Do.
  • Womanchild: Her daughter is much more mature than she is.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Once her mother agrees with her in something, Lorelai usually begins to self-doubt. One example would be Emily's approval of her daughter desire to terminate Rory's friendship with Bad Boy Jess. Lorelai immediately comes to conclusion that she must've approached the Moral Event Horizon and decides to give Rory more freedom.

Lorelai "Rory" Leigh Gilmore (Alexis Bledel)

Lorelai's teenaged daughter and best friend. A shy and socially awkward bookworm with aspirations to become a journalist. She slowly comes out of her shell and finds herself drawn to the upper class world her mother left behind.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Her mother and everyone in Stars Hollow seem to think that not loving Rory borders on sort of a terrible crime. To the point where everyone started treating Dean like a delinquent just because he broke up with Rory, without even knowing the reason and what really happened between them.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Jess, the Troubled, but Cute "bad boy" and later Logan, the rich, spoiled jerk.
  • Always Someone Better: She's very smart and does extremely well in academic stuff, so Paris feels she might overshadow her (which later happens to a degree). Rory's best friend Lane is also sometimes jealous of her life, because everything seems to be going swimmingly for Rory: she's at great school, heads to Ivy League, has a loving boyfriend, has a close relationship with her mom and her rich grandparents adore her while Lane is stuck at uninspiring high school, her parents are super strict and she can't follow her true passion without being sneaky about it.
  • Amicable Exes: She finally parts with Jess on friendly terms (not so much with the two other boyfriends). She also was this with Dean in Seasons 3 and 4.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She has a very long fuse, but you don't want to be around on the rare occasions she goes off.
  • Big Eater: Like her mother. Also, one of Rory's only flaws that is lampshaded by other characters, including her boyfriends Dean and Jess.
  • Brainy Brunette: She's a brilliant, studious Teen Genius and has brown hair.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Gentle Girl to Jess' Brooding Boy.
  • Character Development: Starts the series as a shy, awkward bookworm who struggles to string two sentences together around boys and generally prefers her own company. Come Season 5, she's actively pursuing Logan.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's a cute girl and she's never without a book (until she drops out of Yale). Her relationship with Jess stems from a mutual passion for reading.
  • Dating What Mommy Hates: Lorelai tried to be supportive of all of her daughter's relationships, but the only boy which Rory dated and her mother liked was Dean. Jess was unanimously hated by all of the clan members who had and hadn't met him (in the latter case because of the accident), Logan was loved by the grandparents, but Lorelai viewed his 'upper-class Spoiled Brat' status more critically and wasn't blind to his Jerk Ass behavior, and the last round of Rory's dating Dean was a relationship started by an extramarital affair.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Although more subtle than her mother or Luke.
  • Dude Magnet: Manages to attract a large number of men throughout the course of the show. In season 2, Dean, Tristan, and Jess are all interested in her.
  • Foreshadowing: Her attraction to "bad boys" shows very early. In one season 1 episode, Lorelai says she hopes Rory doesn't turn out to have the same taste in guys she has, and it's implied that Christopher got in trouble often in high school. It's later shown with Rory' attraction to Tristan. Despite all Tristan's advances annoying her greatly, she still warms up to him and by the time he leaves the show (season 2), they bid each other a fond goodbye and even sees Rory smiling when Tristan says he'd like to kiss her, "but [Dean] is watching us". Her switch in attitude towards him is especially apparent considering it happens around the same time as Jess is introduced...
  • Genius Book Club: Rory reads everything, from contemporary literature to criticism to biographies to classics. Nearly every episode has reference to at least one book that she has read, is reading, or is planning on reading.
  • Girl Next Door: A cute and feminine girl, and a big part of her appeal is how approachable and down to earth she is.
  • Go-Getter Girl: Ambitious, hard-working straight A student and Extracurricular Enthusiast.
  • Has a Type: Played with. Over the course of the series, seems determined to date the baddest boy in the series (so long as he's booksmart). First, she dumps wholesome Dean for Jess; after Jess leaves town, she ends up back with Dean, who is a significantly darker character, given that he's cheating on his wife with Rory; later, she chooses Logan, who is a member of a secret society and a rebel against the wealthy society of his upbringing, over Nice Guy Marty. However, early in the series, what drives her away from Tristan is his Jerk Ass behavior. She's possibly more attracted to charm and wit than 'bad boy' behaviour and book smarts. And the situation with her and Jess seems to be more of a case of Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • Being told "You don't got it." causes Rory to give up her dreams and drop out of school.
    • She has a minor one when she doesn't get the Reston Fellowship in the New York Times. As Lorelai tells her, she's used to working hard and getting what she wants, so it's difficult for her to deal with disappointment.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With both Lorelai and Lane. Later with Paris, too.
  • Hollywood Nerd: For a supposed "nerd", Rory's stunning.
  • Hypocrite: Has her moments. For example, she's absolutely horrified when she learns that Dean's dropping out of college, and tries to persuade him that no reason is good enough for such an act. Any of those reflections come back to her when she does exactly the same a season later?
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her mother has blue eyes too, but Rory fits this more due to her sweet, naive personality.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Also has a few moments of this, especially in college.
  • Left Hanging: Remember during the season 6 finale where Rory begged for a job at her internship? Yeah, it's forgotten during the first episode of the seventh season.
  • Motor Mouth: Even faster than her mother.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Rory's need for caffeine isn't as extreme as her mother's, but it's there all the same. Fun fact: Alexis Bledel didn't like coffee, so in any scene in which Rory drinks it, she's actually drinking coke.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Her option, as there's an episode where Rory is seen sitting in the college cafeteria wearing a t-shirt with the logo, "Reading is Sexy". Considering she wears it while thinking about Logan, the third guy in the series she's attracted to for his intellect, it is a reflection of what she honestly believes.
  • Nice Girl: A genuinely good, pleasant Girl Next Door, and considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name is Lorelai, named after her mother and later revealed to be a traditional family name, but she's always referred to as Rory.
  • Parental Favoritism: Emily and Richard have no qualms about spoiling and praising Rory while looking down on Lorelai
    Lorelai (to Rory): I'm not sure my father has ever loved anything in the world more than he loves you.
  • Princess Phase: Rory doesn't want her grandmother to make her into a princess as she thinks of it being something for small children. She honestly did imagine herself as a princess when she was young. At least she has a crush on the prince from the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. She specifically says that it was a long time ago.
  • The Quiet One: She starts as a quiet, shy, socially awkward bookworm who is uncomfortable around other students, especially boys. She grows out of it, in college.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to both Paris and Lorelai's Red.
  • Replacement Goldfish: A sore point throughout the series is Emily trying to bring Rory up to be the daughter that Lorelai never turned out to be. This comes to a head when Rory is living with her grandparents and Emily accidentally refers to Richard as Rory's father.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite her other tendencies, it's there. At first it's played straight, when she chooses the nice Dean over the insufferable Tristan (though she shows some signs of attraction to Tristan). Then she dumps Dean for the 'bad boy' Jess... only to start complaining over time that he doesn't treat her the way Dean used to. And the trend continues: after breaking it off with Jess, she goes back to Dean, ostensibly because he's someone 'who loves her and is good to her'... while he is married to another woman. The next is Logan, a self-claimed womanizer who tries to persuade Rory that he's not a boyfriend material. She goes for him anyway and is hurt when he turns out to be, well, a womanizer and not quite a boyfriend material. Essentially, she goes for the bad of wrong men while still expecting the 'Good Man' scenario.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She was raised by her Closer to Earth single mother in relative poverty, but when she's a teen, she definitely benefits from her grandparents' wealth, upper-class status and influence. She's considered the biggest sweetheart in Stars Hollow and perhaps in the whole of New England.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In college. Particularly after she slept with a married man, stole a boat, dropped out of school, moved in with her grandparents, joined the DAR, and didn't speak to her mother for months.
  • The Unfair Sex: Played with. Lindsay and Dean's moms certainly bear hatred towards her and consider her a homewrecker, and Lorelai chewed her out for simply disregarding Dean's marital status and sleeping with him, as if Lindsay's feelings didn't matter. Luke, on the other hand, goes on and on about how Dean is not worthy of her and was 'unstable' because he got married despite pining for his former girlfriend.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Paris started out as Rory's academic rival but slowly grew to be her close friend and confidant when Rory couldn't confide in her mother or Lane. They still bicker a lot, though.
  • Will They or Won't They?: She has some unresolved romantic feelings and sexual tension for Jess — and he for her — in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Wise Beyond Her Years: Played with. She can often be very mature and act as the responsible one in her's and Lorelai's relationship. On the other hand, she can (and often does) act in a very immature manner, as befitting a teenager/young adult (like when she almost didn't change schools to Chilton because of Dean in the first episode). A large part of her character arc is learning to be more than just book smart and becoming "life smart" as well.

Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop)

Lorelai's wealthy and controlling mother with whom she has been estranged with most of her adult life. Emily insists on being involved in her daughter and granddaughter's lives after allowing her to borrow money for Rory's tuition, much to Lorelai's dismay.

  • Abusive Parents: She comes close to being abusive in the way she treats Lorelai. She was way too controlling when Lorelai was a teenager and she tries to meddle in her life when she's adult. She has a right to care but she should know better.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Emily just never learns that she has a tendency to drive away Lorelai and even Rory at times by seeking to control everything.
  • And Starring: "and Kelly Bishop".
  • Deadpan Snarker: When she's displeased (particularly with Lorelai), she tends to shoot long, sarcasm-heavy monologues, but every now and then displays the classic, deadpan form of the art of snarking.
    Lorelai (startled): Mom?!
    Emily: You remember, I'm so touched.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She usually seems icy, especially to people who don't come from upper classes, but she can show her warm side. For example, she has a nice scene when she talks about her wedding in the club at Lorelai's barchelorette party or when she got carried away planning Sookie's wedding, revealing she's hopelessly romantic.
  • Evil Matriarch: Her desire to control the lives of everyone around sometimes make her cross the morality line. The best example is manipulating Christopher into breaking up Luke and Lorelai in Season 5.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Emily's good looks are sometimes commented on, she attracts an admirer in a bar which is apparently a picking-up area oriented at women about 20 years younger than her, and is mentioned to have several suitors within her social circles.
  • (Grand)parents As People: Emily and Richard are full-fleshed characters on their own, not only the parents and grandparents of Lorelai and Rory respectively, and have some plot-lines centered around them, unrelated to the girls.
  • Lawful Stupid: Though it's more a case of Emily only seeing things in black and white.
  • Limited Wardrobe: For a rich woman, Emily sure does wear the same outfits over and over again... or maybe that's just to Friday Night Dinner...
  • Mama Bear: It's rarely shown, but the times she goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Lorelai regards her as a master manipulator, and it's not unfounded. She seems especially fond of using verbal traps to get her way.
  • Meddling Parents: Emily tends to have strong opinions about how Lorelai should lead her life and is not shy to constantly try to preach/force/manipulate her visions into reality, often over her daughter's will.
  • Mrs Degree: She met Richard while he was a student at Yale, and she studied history at Smith.
    "I went to Smith, and I was a history major, but I never had any plans to be an historian. I was always going to be a wife. I mean, the way I saw it, a woman’s job was to run a home, organize the social life of a family, and bolster her husband while he earned a living. It was a good system, and it was working very well all these years."
  • My Beloved Smother: Emily doesn't seem to understand that Rory is her own person, and constantly pushes her own ideals onto her; unlike her mother under similar treatment, Rory doesn't push back much.
  • Rich Bitch: Not the worst out there, but she can be controlling and has a manipulative streak. She often looks down on people from working or middle class.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as Socialite and Workaholic respectively, but also their tempers.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: She holds this view of the endless maids she fires on a weekly basis. Some are genuinely incompetent, others just annoy her or fail to meet her standards.

Richard Gilmore (Edward Herrmann)

Lorelai's father. A normally reserved and no-nonsense insurance man, he begins to form a close bond with Rory after coming back into their lives.

  • Badass Grandpa: When Mitchum Huntzberger mistreats Rory, he goes medieval on his arse and gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal! speech.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He seems (and is) much more genial than Emily, but does have sneaky moments and can be quite protective of his family.
  • Cool Old Guy: He finds a lot of common ground with Rory, especially through their taste in books.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mostly to Emily, as a sort of a coping mechanism. He makes sarcastic remarks with deadpan expression and tone, apparently without any hope of making an impact and she almost never notices.
  • Fake Guest Star: Each season opening lists Edward Herrmann as making a Special Appearance.
  • (Grand)parents As People: Emily and Richard are full-fleshed characters on their own, not only the parents and grandparents of Lorelai and Rory respectively, and have some plot-lines centered around them, unrelated to the girls.
  • Manipulative Bastard: While no-where near as bad as Emily, Richard does have his moments, especially when he tries to coax Rory into going to Yale.
  • Momma's Boy: Will even ignore his wife for his mother's needs.
  • Papa Wolf: It's rarely shown, but the times he goes into this mode are the most awesome. When Emily and Richard find out that the reason Rory engaged in reckless behavior that landed her community service, was all because of Mitchum rejecting her internship. Emily and Richard team up to take down both spouses. Emily making jabs at Shira's weight and Richard telling Mitchum off.
  • The Quiet One: Often has the least to say at family dinners. Of course, with THIS family...
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Emily is very involved in the family's social life and will often be the active (or pushy) one when it comes to orchestrating the events, while Richard is often the one to be dragged from function to function with a resigned look on his face, wishing he would be working. It fits their roles as Socialite and Workaholic respectively, but also their tempers.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: You'll be hard-pressed to see this man in anything but a suit and tie.
  • The Patriarch: Very much the head of the Gilmore family.

Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore (Marion Ross)

Lorelai's paternal grandmother whom she inherited her name from. She is very close with her son, but completely disapproves of Emily.

  • Character Death: Trix dies of old age.
  • Evil Matriarch: Worse than Emily. Has been bullying her daughter-in-law to no end for over thirty years, tried to convince her son to leave his bride-to-be at the altar, and leaves a copy of the letter with that for Emily to find, to hurt her beyond the grave.
  • Kissing Cousins: Her maiden name was Gilmore... Rory and Lorelai are squicked by the fact and immediately try to find any genetic faults on their bodies.
  • Meddling Parents: Pleaded with Richard not to marry Emily. On their wedding day, no less.
  • Not So Different: She and Emily are not too different after all, but Trix turns out to be a lot more manipulative than Emily could ever hope to be.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: When she visits she puts even more energy into bullying her daughter in-law than into pampering her son.
  • Pet the Dog: For all of her faults, Trix had a genuinely loving relationship with her son and contributed a lot to charities.
  • You Look Familiar: Marion Ross would go on to play Richard's cousin Marilyn after Trix passes away.

Marilyn Gilmore (Marion Ross)

    Stars Hollow 

Lucas "Luke" Danes (Scott Patterson)

The owner of the local dinner in Stars Hollow that Lorelai and Rory frequent often. Despite his gruff exterior, he is very dependable. He harbors a crush on Lorelai for most of the series, but they begin a relationship in season 4.

  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Christopher's Veronica for Lorelai's Archie. (Also Betty to Max, Alex, Jason...the list goes on. Safe to say he's seen a lot of Lorelai's boyfriend's pass by).
  • Big Brother Instinct: Luke will never pass up an opportunity to help the people he cares about. Jess occasionally will poke fun at him for it.
  • Book Dumb: Not particularly well-educated, but makes up for it with practical, real-world experience and his own sort of wisdom.
  • Bumbling Dad: When he tries to be a dad to April. Despite being a good father figure to Rory.
  • Carpet of Virility: Has very manly hairy chest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The ultimate snarker on the show and one of the only things he has in common with Lorelai. He's always sarcastic towards quirky people around him, especially because of his Only Sane Man status.
  • Embarrassing First Name: A surefire way to annoy Luke would be referring to him as Lucas. Only Mia is allowed to call him Lucas.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: His nickname was Butch in high school.
  • Grumpy Bear: Has a gruff, world-weary personality.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It comes from cynicism and anti-social Grumpy Bear attitude rather than any actual jerkishness. However he has a close relationship with Lorelai and Rory, and is always willing to help his friends and family.

Kirk Gleason (Sean Gunn)

The oddball among oddballs in Stars Hollow. He is never seen in the same occupation.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's hard to tell if Kirk is just well-meaning but slightly quirky, or perhaps mildly autistic.
  • Ascended Extra: Started out as a random guy named "Nick" in the pilot, then developed into an actual character with his own subplots as the series went on.
  • Butt Monkey: Cannot seem to catch a break, ever.
  • The Chew Toy: He usually has it coming because of his stupidity, but still.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Even in an entire town of these he stands out.
  • Didn't Think This Through: He moved out of his mother's house, as per Luke's suggestion, but didn't find a place to live before leaving. As a result, he spent a few episodes staying the night at other peoples' places after he was found sleeping in Lorelai's garage. He spent a few of them sleeping in Rory's room when she was away at Yale and on Lorelai's couch when she wasn't.
  • Fan Disservice: Many probably considered seeing Kirk's naked skinny body a disservice but after they did it the first time loads of people were requesting them to do it again and again.
  • The Fool
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: When he talked about having a date, he mentioned it was with a young lady (Lulu).
  • Man Child: Among his quirks are an affection for childish cereal, toys, and a over-reliance on his mother.
  • Momma's Boy: Until Lulu comes along, he has some serious trouble cutting those apron strings.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He gets a pretty and nice girlfriend in later seasons.
  • Wacky Guy
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs??: Just a small sampling of the jobs he has throughout the series: grocery store clerk, alarm installation tech, inventor of anti-slip bath decals, and real estate agent. It was eventually revealed he isn't changing jobs as often as you'd think, and is maintaining several of them. As a result he has more money in the bank than anyone else in town (close to a quarter of a million dollars). In season 5, he says that he had been working for 11 years and had 15,000 different jobs during that time.
  • You Look Familiar: Sean Gunn had minor roles in early episodes before he was established as Kirk.

Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy)

Lorelai's best friend and a perfectionist chef extraordinaire. She gets married and starts a family at the end of season 2.

  • Alliterative Name: Sookie St. James.
  • Beta Couple: She gets together with Jackson early in the series and they get married only a bit later, and their relationship is stable, in contrast to Lorelai's and Rory's love life.
  • Big Fun: A perfect female example of the trope. She's a plus size, but cute and funny and amusing.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: She was extremely surprised with her third pregnancy. Particularly because Jackson had told her he'd gotten a vasectomy. He lied.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: She's kind of strange and has many quirks, but she's a supreme chef and everybody loves her cooking.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Another major example, to the point that Lorelai actually takes on the role of the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder when hanging out with her.
  • Control Freak: Rules her kitchen with an iron fist, even when she's supposed to be on bed rest at the end of her pregnancy.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Part of some early awkward characterization. The perfectionist side of her gets more developed in the later seasons.
  • Fat Best Friend: To Lorelai. They are very close and start a business together.
  • Genki Girl: Energetic, bubbly and outgoing like Lorelai, or even more so.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Although she's an adult woman, she almost always wears adorable pigtails. It's always a good idea to tie your hair if you work with food.
  • Happily Married: Marries Jackson at the end of Season 2, and they remain the most stable couple from that point forward.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Lorelai. They both work at the Independence Inn and dream of having their own business.
  • Shipper on Deck: She would love to see Lorelai happy. At different points, for Lorelai with either Max or Luke. Particularly for Luke.
  • Skewed Priorities: Especially if cooking is involved. Cooking is always on top.
  • Supreme Chef: At least when she's not being clumsy.
  • They Do: After a season or two of back-and-forth, she and Jackson tie the knot in the Season 2 finale.

Jackson Belleville (Jackson Douglas)

Stars Hollows's prominent produce man who takes great pride in his work. He begins a relationship with Sookie and the two get married and start a family together.

  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: In season 5, Jackson decides to run for town selectman against Taylor, being tired of his obsessiveness, and wins by an overwhelming landslide, . However, Jackson finds that the job is very unfulfilling, so he hands the reins back to Taylor.
  • Beta Couple: With Sookie.
  • Good Ol' Boy: A manly man with old-fashioned values and a country-boy upbringing.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Jackson owns a pair of pajamas with an old wrestling photo of him on it. Unfortunately, he couldn't hide them from Lorelai and Rory.
  • Happily Married: To Sookie.
  • Nice Guy
  • Nice Hat: He is rarely seen without a beanie on.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Despite being married to the best friend of one of the leads, Jackson doesn't really get much to do outside of his relationship with Sookie. This is especially evident in later seasons.
  • They Do: Marries Sookie at the end of Season 2.

Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale)

A Frenchman with a biting attitude and tongue who works as the concierge at the Independence Inn and later the Dragonfly. Although he is condescending to everyone he comes across, he can't help but admit that Lorelai and Sookie are his friends.

Lane Kim (Keiko Agena)

Rory's best friend in Stars Hollow. The two have been inseparable since they met in kindergarten. Lane attempts to be an ordinary American teenager under the watch of her conservative Christian parents.

  • Asian and Nerdy: She's pretty, but can be incredibly dorky and awkward in situations with the opposite sex.
  • Beta Couple: With Zach
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Only had sex once on their honeymoon, but it was enough.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin'
  • The Chick: She's the glue that helps keep Hep Alien together.
  • Cultural Rebel: Hides unapproved music, makeup and cloths under the floor, as well as giving Rory things to take home so her mother wouldn't find them. She then leaves her mother's house to live with her bandmates (and boyfriend).
  • Deadpan Snarker: Just as snarky as everyone else.
  • Genki Girl
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rory.
  • Meganekko
  • My Beloved Smother: Has one.
  • Nerd Glasses: A serious turn-on for Zach, as it turns out once she gets rid of them. He and Mrs. Kim both agree that they make her look smart.
  • One of the Boys: single girl in an all boy band. One of the reasons Zach had a hard time thinking of her as a possible love interest.
  • The Power of Rock: eventually, it sets her free, and is her path to find love(s).
  • Producer Avatar: Lane was inspired by Helen Pai, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's best friend and show producer.
  • Significant Anagram: Lane's band Hep Alien is an anagram of Helen Pai.
  • They Do: Spends a few seasons going back and forth with Zach until they finally wind up married.
  • Token Minority: Lane and her mother are among the only non-white residents of Stars Hollow.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: She planned on having sex but when she had the opportunity she surprised herself by saying, "Oh, well, I have to wait until I get married," because the morals her Seventh Day Adventist mother taught her had stuck. She was afraid that she might never get married and have sex but she did.

Mrs. Kim (Emily Kuroda)

The antique shop owner in Stars Hollow and Lane's mother. She is a very conservative Christian and disapproves of most American customs.

  • Almighty Mom: She scared the crap out of Zach when found out that he'd been 'laying hands' on her little girl. Also most of Lane's peers (Jess is polite to her), and some of the adults, like Lorelai and even Taylor, fear her to varying degrees.
  • Apron Matron: She's the unquestionable head of the household (if [[The Ghost Mr. Kim is ever shown, he's never singled out of the crowd of the Koreans occasionally gathered in the house) and rules it with an iron fist.
  • Asian Store-Owner: Own the town antique shop.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Beneath her icy exterior lies a good-hearted woman who genuinely does love and want the best for her daughter. she even looses up her standards for suitable men for her daughter.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The first association Zach and Brian have upon seeing her is: 'remember that guy from Full Metal Jacket?' and after watching her commanding a group of people inside her salon it's easy to see why.
  • Education Mama: Well, Religion Mama.
  • The Fundamentalist
  • Generation Xerox: A heartwarming example; Mrs. Kim hides her Christian lifestyle from her traditional Buddhist mother.
  • The Ghost: Her husband, Mr. Kim.
  • Hidden Depths
  • Iron Lady
  • My Beloved Smother: painfully so.
  • Perpetual Frowner
  • Team Mom: Evolves into this for Lane's band.
  • Terse Talker: Mama Kim lives, runs the business and raises her daughter by simple rules ('You break, you buy!', 'No boys!') and doesn't have to waste words to get people into obeying her.

Dean Forrester (Jared Padalecki)

A Stars Hollow high school student from Chicago who eventually becomes Rory's first boyfriend.

  • Betty: To Jess's Veronica. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
    • He was also the Archie to Lindsay's Betty and Rory's Veronica.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: He gets angry towards Rory when she declines to spend time with him in favor of school or town activities and therefore in the vicinity of Tristan, Jess or Logan. He insisted on being there when Rory and Tristan rehearsed the death scene of Romeo and Juliet, as it involved a kiss. He also dumped her after she blanked on saying "I Love You" back after gifting her with a car and telling her he loved her. Rory eventually did say it several episodes later. His jealousy of Jess at least turns out to be pretty well justified.
  • Informed Attractiveness: He's described as 'beautiful' or 'gorgeous' probably even more frequently than the protagonists (compared to their respective amounts of the screen-time)
  • New Transfer Student: In season one.
  • Nice Guy: Initially, though his character devolves over later seasons.
  • Romantic Runner-Up: First to Jess, then to Logan.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Despite being an important character, he's this to Rory. His story-lines revolve exclusively around a) how he and Rory are in love b) how he is being jealous for Rory's current other love interests c) how is his new relationship inferior to what he had with Rory. Also, him not having much of plans or ambitions outside relationship with Rory and revolving around her while she has other things to do is a recurring aspect since early in the series.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: About 90% of the characters who encounter him comment how tall he is, about 90% of the female characters who encounter him comment how good-looking he is, and he has dark hair. Notably, despite being a prominent character he is not Tall, Dark and Snarky.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: By the time seasons 4 and 5 roll around, he's cheating on his wife and gets possessive of Rory.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He gets married to Lindsay in season 4 but convinces Rory to rekindle their relationship, leading them to have an affair.

Zach van Gerbig (Todd Lowe)

Brian Fuller (John Cabrera)

Dave Rygalski (Adam Brody)

Taylor Doose (Michael Winters)

  • 0% Approval Rating: Because of how annoying and obsessed about ridiculous town matters he is, nobody has much patience for him. However, when it hits the critical point and Jackson runs against Taylor for a selectman and wins by a landslide, turns out that Taylor is the best candidate for that job... exactly because he's the only one willing to take care of the ridiculous town matters.
  • Authority in Name Only: He's the town selectman and for the most part, he's seldom taken seriously.
  • Butt Monkey: Taylor is basically the town butt monkey of Stars Hollow and is even the butt monkey amongst his family. Shockingly enough, Lorelai seems to be the only person to have any sympathy for him.
  • Control Freak: Hooboy, is he a stickler for the rules.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's unbelievably obnoxious, but usually just tries to what is right in his mind (or is simply self-serving at worst). Townspeople mostly acknowledge that Taylor is a good guy, but don't have much patience for him anyhow.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Seems to take a perverse delight in insisting every rule be followed to a tee, particularly when it irritates others.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Luke, who seems to be the only person in Stars Hollow to disapprove and speak out against Taylor's obsessive need to control every aspect of the town. The rest of townspeople tends to treat Taylor as a joke and Luke's feuds with him as another one.

Babette Dell (Sally Struthers)

Lorelai and Rory's loud, eccentric, but loving next-door neighbor. She treats the two girls like her own daughters. Just among the many of Stars Hollow's zany bunch.

Patricia "Miss Patty" Lacosta (Liz Torres)

Gypsy (Rose Abdoo)

Cesar (Aris Alvarado)

  • Big Fun: He's both obese and always cheerful, sunny and polite to customers, in contrast to Luke.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Sometimes to Luke.
  • Spear Counterpart: To Sookie, though he's much less important than her.

Morey Dell (Ted Rooney)

The Gilmore girls' next-door neighbor and Babette's husband. He carries himself with a very cool demeanor and is a talented musician.

Liz Danes (Kathleen Wilhoite)

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Luke, although he loves her.
  • Beta Couple: She's Luke's older sister and had a string of bad short-term relationship. However, her relationship with TJ is stable, while Luke has ups and downs with Lorelai.
  • Big Brother Worship: Adores her big brother Luke
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander
  • Granola Girl/The Stoner: She used to be a heavy pot smoker, but since quit.
  • Hands-Off Parenting/Parental Neglect: She packs off Jess, her troubled teenage son, and sends him off to his uncle Luke while none of them had any word in the matter prior to Jess' arrival to Stars Hollow. It's also heavily implied that she rarely paid attention to Jess as a child and was more concerned with boyfriends and drugs.
  • Teen Pregnancy: She had Jess as a teenager, much like Lorelai had Rory.

TJ (Michael Deluise)

  • The Ditz: In his later appearances. He wasn't initially presented as a particularly bright guy, but later devolved to someone whom a construction crew can trick into thinking he's the boss, while sending him off to buy them sandwiches to get him out of the way.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: He's one for Luke. In a variation, TJ is more obliviously obnoxious, he does like Luke and treats him like family. Luke just sort of tolerates him for Liz's sake. (Jess flat out can't stand him.)

Lindsay Lister (Arielle Kebel)

  • Alliterative Name: Until she married Dean, anyway.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Rory's Veronica.
  • Disposable Fiancé: She was so disposable that Louise was able to predict her marriage with Dean breaking because of Rory despite never even meeting her.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Michel found her attractive.
  • Lethal Chef: Apparently. Though she tried her best to improve for Dean's sake and seemed to make some progress.
  • Spoiled Brat/Spoiled Sweet: She's immature and would rather have fun than acknowledge that her husband has to work, but she cares about Dean and consequently tries to improve in cooking to please him.

Lulu (Rini Bell)

Tom (Biff Yeager)

  • Deadpan Snarker: Always speaks in an apathetic tone and hardly says a line that isn't a snark.

Kyon (Susane Lee)

April Nardini (Vanessa Marano)

Anna Nardini (Sherilyn Fenn)

    Yale 

Paris Eustace Gellar (Liza Weil)

One of the top students at Chilton, who tries to make Rory's life there hell. The two of them eventually become close friends, but it always remains a little shaky.

  • Academic Alpha Bitch: The first time that Rory meets Paris at Chilton, Paris tells her how she's going to be editor of the school paper and valedictorian, ending with, "You'll never catch up. You'll never beat me. This school is my domain and the Franklin is my domain. And don't you ever forget that."
  • Ascended Extra: Especially after season 1. Originally Paris was only going to be in a few episodes, but Liza Weil really stood out and her role was greatly expanded.
  • Badass Princess: Paris is born to wealthy parents but she fights to earn everything she gets.
  • The B Grade
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Doyle
  • Brutal Honesty: Don't ask Paris a question unless you're prepared for a pretty harsh answer.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Whenever she has an opportunity, she terrorizes, shouts at and commands around just everybody below her (and some weak-willed individuals who are technically her superiors). It shows best when she becomes the editor of Yale's Daily News, but starts as early as in Chilton.
    Francie: What idiot gave her a gavel?
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted to Hell.
  • Determinator
  • Extracurricular Enthusiast: Even makes a chart of experiences and activities to do by graduation.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: Rory and Paris usually find a way to work things out, though.
    Emily (to Rory): Are you and Paris Gellar friends? I can never tell.
  • Hidden Depths: Of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold variation.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Mainly with Rory.
  • Informed Judaism: The only time it really came up during the course of the show was when Paris visited Jamie during the holidays, and when it's pointed out her bat mitzvah dress carries a menorah, though Liza Weil does practice Reform Judaism in real life.
  • Insufferable Genius: Paris is brilliant, sure, but she's also a pain in the ass about making sure everyone knows it.
  • Jerkass: In Season 1, defaulting to Jerk with a Heart of Gold in later seasons.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 4. Paris was never the nicest person around, but at least in earlier seasons she tended to to abuse people who'd annoyed her or the ones she was feeling threatened by. Granted, those two categories covered most of the population, but at least she used to have reasons. In her freshman year in college, however, she goes to treat her innocent, nice and loving boyfriend like dirt, and not even for a cover for her affair with an older man, but simply because she doesn't even bother to tell Jamie she doesn't want him anymore.
  • May-December Romance: With college professor Asher Fleming. She seems to have a thing for older men as well, including Richard. Both squick out Rory. It seems that she just judges people for her brains and accomplishments, so older men have an advantage.
  • The Napoleon: She is usually the shortest, the loudest and the most power-hungry person in the room.
  • No Indoor Voice: What's shouting for others, for Paris is a normal speaking volume. It's implied to be her Fatal Flaw which cost her Harvard.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: How she feels about Rory.
  • Parental Abandonment: Technically she still has her parents but not only do we never see them neither does she (we do see Paris's mother once played by the mom of Kelly from Beverly Hills 90210, but she's on for less than a minute to lecture her about her acne regimen). They're rarely even in the same country as her and she was functionally raised by her nanny, who attends her graduation with her own family to provide some kind of 'family' support. Later they forget to pay their taxes, leave the country to avoid charges and leave her penniless.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Paris is usually stressed about something, angry and/or feels that she's Surrounded by Idiots, and her expression reflects that.
  • Preppy Name
  • Promotion to Opening Titles
  • Red Oni: With Rory
  • The Rival: Introduced in Season 1 as a rival to Rory, and always feels this way a little, even when they become friends.
  • Slut Shaming: Paris inflicts it on herself, apparently seeing a link between having sex with Jamie and not getting into Harvard. She does it during her Chilton Bicentennial speech, which is broad-casted by a TV station. And then out Rory as a virgin, and 'deduces' (correctly) that therefore she must get accepted into Harvard. Did we mentioned the TV broadcast?
  • School Newspaper News Hound: editor of both the Chilton Franklin and Yale Daily News.
  • Student Council President
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: She's usually the icy part with everyone, including close friends and loved ones, but every so often, the sugar part comes through, like with Lorelai, Rory, and Jamie.
  • Tsundere: Type A.
  • Unknown Rival: Again, with Rory.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite trading snark with each other, Rory and Paris have become close friends and will stick up for each other. Paris, in a way, becomes Rory's closest confidante during the periods of time when Rory's relationships with her family became strained.

Doyle Mcmaster (Danny Strong)

Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry)

  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Not evil, per se, but not a very nice person, especially in his earlier appearances.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Rory swears that Logan is even smarter than she is, and when he wants to, Logan displays serious intelligence and education. He just doesn't usually want to. The only reason he manages to stay on the staff of the school paper is because the editor knows who his father is.
  • The Charmer
  • Handsome Devil: His first few appearances
  • Handsome Lech
  • I'm a Man, I Can't Help It
  • Jerkass, later (arguably) becoming a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Lady Killer In Love: When he falls for Rory, Logan tries to swear off his womanizing ways.
  • Meet Cute: When buying coffee from the cart at school Rory turns around and drops her change all over the ground. She crouches down. Logan stops to help her pick up the coins and he greets her with, "This would definitely qualify as a cute meet if we hadn't already met."
  • Rebel Prince: He says that he sees only one door, and feels he's being pushed through it. What he feels he's being pushed into is inheriting the Huntzberger Publishing Company, a national newspaper conglomerate.
  • Replacement Goldfish: His appearance and behavior, at first at least, might give a feeling that we're seeing a couple of years older Tristan again. Down to having Those Two Guys companions with whom he does stupid things, and ridiculing his the Betty rivals for belonging working class.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Doesn't care about breaking rules (or laws) because he is secure that his family's wealth can get him out of any tight spots.
  • Smug Snake
  • Spoiled Brat: And how!
  • Third-Option Love Interest
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has serious daddy issues with his overbearing, disapproving father.
  • Your Cheating Heart: With five different girls from his sister's wedding party, no less!

Marty (Wayne Wilcox)

  • Naked First Impression: First meets Rory when he wakes up outside her dorm room after a party, without any clothes on.

Tanna Schrick (Olivia Hack)

One of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. She is younger than both girls and is very quiet and out of place in social situations.

Janet Billings (Katie Walder)

Another of Rory and Paris's dormmates in their freshman year at Yale. Her strong personality often causes her to clash with Paris.

Asher Fleming (Michael York)

  • Bus Crash: He and Paris go away to England during the summer, and he dies there.
  • Character Death: He has a heart condition and dies.
  • Cool Old Guy: Tries to be cool by dating young college girls.
  • Hot Teacher: Paris and quite a lot of female students at Yale would say so.
  • May-December Romance: He and Paris start dating and their relationship lasts quite long. He seems to have a reputation for dating young female students. Paris names the trope word-for-word to describe their relationship, though Rory describes it as a "May-Min Dynasty romance".

    Chilton 

Madeline Lynn (Shelly Cole) and Louise Grant (Teal Redmann)

Two students at Chilton who are rarely ever seen apart from Paris.

  • Afraid of Blood: Madeline is afraid even of the word 'blood'. Saying it will make her scream.
  • Beta Bitch: They help Paris intimidate Rory in early episodes.
  • Brainless Beauty: Madeline, personality-wise, at least.
  • Experimented in College: Somewhat. While on spring break in college, the two girls discover that they can manipulate boys by kissing each other.
  • The Fashionista
  • Friendly Enemy: To Rory, periodically. Theoretically they are supposed to follow Paris in her Face Heel Revolving Door, but they after a few circles they stop putting any effort into that and Madeline even has trouble remembering whether she is supposed to talk to Rory at the moment, or not.
  • Genius Ditz: Hard to tell. Madeline seems like a complete idiot at times, and yet she's still a Chilton student and apparently does quite well at school (part of the credit goes probably to Paris terrorizing her clique, but still). Louise seems pretty sharp herself, but not as much as Rory or Paris.
  • Girl Posse: Two sidekicks for Paris.
  • Good Bad Girl: Both are boy-crazy and apparently promiscuous, but they are not bad people.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: They seem to 'hate' Rory only on Paris' command and over time become sort of friends with her. They are still capable of behaving like bullies at times, though. Just ask Brad.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both Madeline and Louise seemed to fit the role, especially during college when they discovered that they can get boys to do what they want by kissing each other.
  • Odd Friendship: With Paris. Hints are, they sometimes find her amusing, though.
  • Put on a Bus: Both girls, since they don't go to Yale with Rory and Paris. They make their last appearance together
  • Really Gets Around: Louise, apparently.
  • Those Two Girls
  • Upper-Class Twit: Both of them, especially Madeline.

Max Medina (Scott Cohen)

Tristan Dugray (Chad Michael Murray)

Headmaster Hanlin Charleston (Dakin Matthews)

Henry Cho (Eddie Shin)

  • Put on a Bus
  • Secret Relationship: Somewhat, despite never actually going on a date. Ironically, Henry would probably be the perfect boyfriend for Lane in her mother's eyes, but Lane decides to hide the relationship since she thinks her parents would either never approve or approve of him so much that Lane wouldn't like him anymore.
  • Token Minority Couple: With Lane.

Francine "Francie" Jarvis (Emily Bergl)

  • Alpha Bitch: Leader of the Puffs, Chilton's "secret" sorority, and senior class president in season 3, who pits her two enemies, Rory and Paris, against each other and subtly manipulates the student council for personal gains.
  • Evil Redhead
  • Smug Snake: Lampshaded by Paris: 'She's not smart enough to be sneaky'. She does manage to temporarily do some harm to Paris and Rory's friendship, but mostly by an accident (she mentions Paris' boyfriend not intending this information to be the bomb) and thanks to Paris' paranoid personality. Usually, though, her plots are easily brought down by Paris or Rory, but she still fancies herself as a formidable enemy of them.

    Others 

Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe)

Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia)

  • Black Sheep
  • Book Worm: Rory's massive book collection prompts him to steal and annotate her copy of Ginsburg's "Howl" so that he can attempt to actually talk to her. Their mutual love of reading forms the basis of their relationship.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: Starts out this way, then puts on this as a facade to hide his overtime shifts at work.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brooding Boy to Rory's Gentle Girl.
  • The Bus Came Back: Returns twice, once in Season 4, and once in Season 6.
  • Hates Small Talk: Self-admittedly. His monosyllabic tendencies are commented by several characters and never in a positive light.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: When Liz shows up her ditzy nature and bad taste in men is almost entirely played for laughs...never mind that Jess had to grow up with an unstable mother and her string of horrible boyfriends. And yeah, he gets blamed for being bitter about it? In his first meeting with Lorelai, she clumsily attempts to relate to him with her own past, but it only makes him even angrier.
  • Jerkass/ Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts out as a Jerkass but becomes the Jerk with a Heart of Gold in his last appearances.
  • Love at First Sight: Upon his second return in season 4, he tells Rory that he knew they were "meant to be together" from the first time he saw her. Sadly, Rory has lost her trust in him by this point and rejects him.
  • Operation Jealousy: The first half of season three. Jess gets himself a blond bimbo solely to infuriate Rory and show her that little does he care about her still being Dean's girlfriend. As soon as Rory and Dean are broken up, the bimbo is out of the picture.
  • Parental Neglect/ Parental Abandonment: His mother is the former and his father is the latter.
  • Pet the Dog: In one episode, he pulls a prank which turns the whole town against Luke because he tried to defend him yet again. When he gets a What the Hell, Hero? from Rory for not caring about it and being ungrateful to Luke, he fixes the toaster Luke was working on in the beginning of the episode.
  • Second Love: To Rory. Dean was the first.
  • Self-Made Man: Season 6 reveals that he's published a short book and is very involved with the local independent arts scene.
  • Short, Dark And Snarky
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: As the show went on, this became the case for him and Rory. Their initial attraction and relationship is plagued by the presence of Dean, the town's disapproval and Jess's own issues. Jess then runs away, leaving Rory heartbroken but later returns to find Rory back with Dean, leaving HIM heartbroken. He then returns again (after fixing himself) as a young adult to find Rory now with Logan and as much of a mess as he was before. After he convinces her to 'fix' her life, they kiss for a final time, only for her to decide to remain with Logan instead, causing Lit fans to lose their final shred of patience with the writers.
  • Teens Are Short: Part of the trick to convince the audience that he's seventeen was apparently use camera angles to make the 5'10" Milo Ventimiglia look shorter as well as dressing him in over-sized clothing and playing most of his scenes against Scott Patterson and Jared Padalecki, who were both over 6'.
  • Terse Talker: He can be eloquent (mostly when talking to Rory or taunting Dean), but usually gets by 'yep', 'nope' and 'huh'.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Veronica: To Dean's Betty. Rory later expressed regret about the relationship with Jess to her best friend Lane Kim; saying that, while she was initially attracted to Jess' intellectualism and his "bad boy nature," she had become used to Dean's reliability and affectionate nature.
    • And then the Betty to Logan's Veronica.
  • Will They or Won't They?: With Rory.

Jason Stiles (Chris Eigeman)

Gil (Sebastian Bach)

Sherry Tinsdale (Madchen Amick)

  • Control Freak: To the point of scheduling giving birth.
  • Family Versus Career: A career girl. The show does not treat it sympathetically.
  • Missing Mom: Abandons Christopher and Gigi when Gigi is still a toddler. Though later she changes her mind and seeks a contact with her daughter.
  • Shotgun Wedding: She and Christopher only return to each other and get married because Sherrie discovers she's pregnant. It ends the way you'd expect it to.
  • Written-In Absence: The show couldn't get Amick to reprise her character in later years, so the 'running away to Paris' plot was created to conveniently allow her to be absent without writing out the character.


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